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Ventana Shroud

Edition of 25 pieces
B06 SHROUD

Ventana Shroud

B06 SHROUD

The Ventana ‘Shroud’ features a frame in 24K gold & silver Koftgari (the ancient Indian technique of inlaying gold in tool-steel), inlaid with a mesmerizing piece of abalone. The blade is hand-forged 'Herring Bone' damascus by Rob Thomas; the one-hand button lock is set with smoky quartz.
The Ventana folding knife is our homage to the classic gentlemen’s pocket knives of a bygone era. The picture-window cutouts in the frame reveal the rare and exotic inlays that are one of the hallmarks of William Henry’s collections.
The 'Shroud’ features a perfect synthesis of our most admired and unique forged metals, and exotic materials; a distinctive personality statement to be worn and used for a lifetime before being handed down to another generation.

Features & Specs

  • One hand button lock
  • Leather carrying case
  • Shipped in an elegant wood presentation box
  • Dimensions: 
  • Blade 2.50" (63.5mm)
    Handle 3.13" (79.5mm)
    Overall open 5.60" (142.2mm)

Ventana Shroud
Edition of 25 pieces
B06 SHROUD
$1,150.00
Out of Stock

Materials

Hand-forged damascus material image

Hand-forged damascus

Damascus steel was a term used by several Western cultures from the Medieval period onward to describe a type of steel created in India and used in swordmaking from about 300 BC to 1700 AD. These swords were characterized by distinctive patterns of banding and mottling reminiscent of flowing water. Such blades were reputed to be not only tough and resistant to shattering, but capable of being honed to a sharp and resilient edge. William Henry's damascus is made from several types of steel welded together to form a billet.
The patterns vary depending on how the damascus artist works the billet. The billet is drawn out and folded until the desired number of layers are formed. William Henry damascus billets are forged with a minimum of 300 layers. William Henry works with a handful of the very best damascus artists/forgers in the U.S.

24K Gold & Sterling Silver Koftgari material image

24K Gold & Sterling Silver Koftgari

Koftgari is the name for fine gold (and silver) patterns inlayed into parkerized steel. This ancient Indian technique, done entirely by hand, involves creating a very fine cross-hatch grid in the steel and then burnishing 24K gold into a pattern that is bound by the cross-hatch. Parkerizing involves soaking the steel in a boiling solution of salts to oxidize the steel a deep brown/blue. Beautiful and timeless, koftgari is nearly a lost art.

William Henry's koftgari comes from 2 small villages in India, home of the very few Indian artisans that still master this techique.

Abalone material image

Abalone

Abalone (from Spanish Abulón) is a rare shell found along the pacific coast of North America. There is a dwindling supply of shells large enough to create the scales we occasionally use in our knives, as these shells must exceed 7.5" in diameter. Most abalone trinkets are made from juvenile shells — these will not yield usable material for William Henry. A beautiful material when we can get it — all our pieces are cut from 'old stock' of harvested shells.

Smoky Quartz material image

Smoky Quartz

Smoky quartz is a grey, translucent variety of quartz. It ranges in clarity from almost complete transparency to a brownish-gray crystal that is almost opaque.
Smoky Quartz was known as a Stone of Power. To the ancient Druids, it was sacred and signified the potent dark power of Earth gods and goddesses.

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